by Shane Jones
AUSSIE RULES: There's a reason why the third quarter is always called the premiership quarter.
For The Waves, that term against the Hervey Bay Bombers on Saturday could have provided the vital ignition they need to win their fourth straight title.
Level with the Bombers at half time, the side kicked six goals in an explosive term to put its season back on track.
The side, almost at full strength, found the form that took them to premiership titles as they used slick ball skills to expose the Bombers' defence.
The Waves won by 41 points for their third and most important win so far.
"We played four quarters of pretty good football,” coach Michael Sommer Liverton said.
"The boys were just buzzing before the game, you could see in their eyes they were there to perform for a big crowd.
"All the sponsors that have put in the hard yards all season have been there for us and we wanted to impress them.”
Liverton said the side's run was the difference.
"To run away in the second half and keep our hard work going and our run, I was really impressed by the boys.
"All around it was a good team effort.”
The coach said Patrick Power and Klint Wagstaff were two players who played well.
But is the side back to its best?
"You could say we are back but we are not getting ahead of ourselves,” Liverton said.
"Finals is where you want to be but at the moment we got to take it week by week.”
The side remains fifth, one game out of the finals, after Maroochydore also won.
Hervey Bay conceded tired players hurt them dearly in the second half.
"We were second to the footy all day,” Bombers coach Tony Potter said.
"We looked slow and tired and looks like we need a rest.”
Potter said providing almost a whole squad to the association game did cost the side but he also paid credit to The Waves.
"They played really good footy,” he said.
"They are still the top side, they are the measuring stick.
"We didn't hunt them at all today.”
Potter was confident the side would bounce back when they faced The Waves again in the final round.
They will play Gympie this week with the Eagles having the bye.